Thinking ahead to International Day of People with Disability

November 1, 2020
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Coming up on 3 December is the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). This is a United Nations’ (UN) sanctioned day and has been supported by the Australian Government since 1996.

More that one billion people with disability

According to the official website of the UN: “The world’s population is over seven billion people and more than one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability.”

It connects us

This International Day is an ideal time to reflect on our position in the world, and to consider that each of us is touched by disability in some way. Chances are that we are either living with disability ourselves or have a relative, friend or colleague who is living with disability.

Sharing stories

At Forrest Personnel, our passion for sharing our stories about participants, long-standing staff and collaborating employers has led us to the website of IDPwD Australia which has a small but beautifully curated collection of tales. In the leadup to December 3, we thought it would be the perfect time to share a few of these outstanding stories that have an employment focus.

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

Dinesh works at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He acquired a spinal cord injury from a car accident in 2010. He was just 24 and attending university. Dinesh resumed his studies and graduated at the time as only the second quadriplegic doctor in Australia.

Kurt Fearnley

Kurt is a teacher, husband, father, public speaker, and an Officer of the Order of Australia. He was named New South Wales Australian of the Year for 2019. He has won three Paralympic gold medals and much more!

Claire Mitchell

Claire works as an Office Administration Assistant at a children’s hospital in Brisbane. She’s also a member of the Down Syndrome Advisory Network and tells us in her story that: “It’s very important for people with Down syndrome to have a job. Just like anyone else.”

More sharing coming up

Leading up to 3 December, we’ll be sharing more employment-focused stories along with details about events happening across our WA locations. We look forward to staying in touch.


Forrest Personnel is a local charity. We specialise in supporting people with health conditions, injuries and disabilities to find and keep jobs.

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